Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

It's finally starting to feel & look like spring around here. Days are getting warmer-although tomorrow's temp will dip back into the 40's, today is gorgeous.  Sunny and in the 60's. My yard is coming back to life after a long winter's nap beneath the mounds of snow. The grass is greening up, my daffodils are just starting to bloom, the crocus are in full bloom and the trees are starting to form buds. I don't think I ever fully appreciated spring until after living here in the midwest. Now, it's a much anticipated arrival. The daffodils above are my 'Ice Follies' daffodils that were the first to pop up.
The geese & ducks have been back for weeks now and the robins arrived  a couple of weeks ago.
What a wonderful sound in the morning to hear the birds singing. They too are happy that spring is back.
I haven't been able to capture a robin with my camera yet, so this is a finch from last year. A rather plump little fellow or maybe a female ready to lay eggs?

I was further south over the weekend to visit my daughter. She's about 3 hours from here and the flowering trees were in full bloom.
I love these trees--Saucer magnolias. I always called them tulip trees when I was younger because the young buds resemble tulips. They are just gorgeous when in full bloom. This was a picture I took looking up at the blue sky through the branches.
The next photo is also a type of magnolia but the petals are smaller. I wasn't quite sure what type it was so I googled and found out it is a 'Betty' magnolia.

What a difference a few weeks make as far as Mother Nature goes.
The photo below is of a dreary, rainy day last week when nothing had bloomed.
It's a close-up of my river birch tree in the backyard. I also took a close-up photo of just raindrops on
the window and combined the 2 photos to create more texture.
 Photos above were altered in photoshop using Kim Klassen's textures (warm sun, sweet treat & silence). And the saucer magnolia also has actions by The Pioneer Woman added.
I hope to have some actual artwork to post here by tomorrow evening. Tomorrow is studio day.
If anyone is interested in playing along with Kim's Texture Tuesday, just click the button below to find out more about it.  It's so much fun! Warning--it's also very addicting...
Must get some actual work done--so until then.....
live your life creatively~
cathy
kimklassencafe
p.s. remember you can click on any of the photos to get a better look

12 comments:

Val said...

Lovely! Lovely! Lovely!!

Gale Wall said...

Love the birdie! My favorite subject to photograph. Great texturing. It is addicting!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks for the comments! Yes, it is VERY addicting.

Barbara said...

All of your photos are lovely! The pink flowering tree is my favorite with your tree close up coming in as a close second. It is so much fun to see how other artists use textures to enhance their photos!

Peace!

Janine said...

These are wonderful photos and your new header is delightful.
Happy palmsunday
Janine

Rural Revival said...

Beautiful photos! I love the photo of the finch and the flowers are delightful. I'm quickly becoming addicted to photoshop and textures too. Isn't it fun?!

~Andrea~

Dyche Designs said...

Beautiful images . . . Spring seems to be late to the party this year but I'm starting to see signs of it popping up around our home. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for entering my art giveaway.

Bella said...

Beautiful images!

Bella said...

beautiful images!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I love your images...they are so peaceful and full of gentle life blooming. Peace, Mary Helen

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks so much to all of you! Peace & Happy spring!

alicia said...

Beautiful work! Love the texture with the bird. Thanks so much for linking up for my spring photo challenge!

alicia @www.projectalicia.com